Lynn Guilty in Philly Priest Abuse Case
It’s over. Via CBS News:
BREAKING NEWS: Msgr. Williams Lynn convicted of endangering the welfare of a child, acquitted of conspiracy in a groundbreaking clergy-abuse trial.
The jury was hung on Fr. James Brennan.
Monsignor William Lynn is the first U.S. church official convicted of a crime for how he handled sex-abuse accusations.
Lynn has been on leave from the church since his arrest last year. The criminal case stems from his long stint as secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004, mostly under the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua (beh-vih-LAH’-kwah).
Defense lawyers say he tried to document the claims, get priests into treatment and alert his bishop to problem priests. Lynn says the cardinal was the ultimate authority on what happened to the priests.
What this means for the future of priest sex abuse cases is uncertain. Though Lynn is now the first priest to be found guilty on a charge relating to a coverup of sex abuse in which he did not personally engage.